Monday 19 October 2015

Whether it is cricket, rugby, football, boxing, snooker or athletics, by using old photographs, newspaper articles and memorabilia, discussion can help older people forge new friendships, share memories and sometimes even get back into sport themselves.

Sheffield City Council and the Sporting Memories Network are launching sporting memories groups at five libraries across the city this autumn. The groups are available for all sports fans over the age of 50 and are free to attend.

Groups will run every week. The first ones to start are at:

Central library : Thursday, 22 October, 10.00 – 11.30
Crystal Peaks library: Tuesday, 27 October, 10.30 – 12.00
Ecclesall library: Wednesday, 28 October, 10.30 – 12.00

Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “We want to bring people together through these new groups, to help people forge friendships and give them a place to share great sporting memories.

“There’s such a rich sports history in Sheffield so there’s a lot to look back on. I hope people like the groups and that they provide an enjoyable place for people to go and socialise.”

Tony Jameson-Allen, co-founder of Sporting Memories Network, has been involved in setting up the groups and training volunteers who will be running them. He said: “The groups we’ve established elsewhere in the UK have shown how they can help people stay connected, remain active and enjoy some gentle exercise. There is a wealth of evidence that tells us these three elements are crucial factors in maintaining good physical and mental health.

“Sporting Memories groups offer a fun and friendly place for like-minded sports fans to meet up, share some stories and even try out a few new sports.”

For more information about the groups – either attending one or helping to run one – or if you know someone who may benefit from attending, please contact Darrel Porter on 0114 273 4254, or email darrell.porter@sheffield.gov.uk